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Kenya is well known for its high quality handmade goods, particularly traditional Kiondo bags woven from sisal and decorated with intricate glass beadwork as well as natural, locally found such as like cinnamon seeds.

These purses and bags were crafted by women who reside in Kibera Slum, one of the largest slums in Eastern Africa. Located just outside Nairobi, Kibera is a sprawling city of about 1.2 square miles with an estimated population of one million people. Although "Kibera" means forest, there is no vegetation, and active train tracks run through the heart of the slum. The typical home - in which an average of five people live - is a single room of about 100 square feet. Basic services like water and sanitation are minimal and there is just one pit latrine for every 50 to 500 people.

Kenyan Beaded Purses and Bags
These bags are lined with cotton in the same color as the sisal. The bags are transformed into unique pieces through the beadwork, which will vary from bag to bag. It's an updated approach to a traditional look. Bead colors will vary, but will always be coordinated.

Medium Zippered Handbag     $84.00
These medium sisal handbags are lined with cotton dyed to match the outer sisal, and are beaded all the way around. They zip close and have a beaded pull tab.
Approximately 6" tall and 6-7" wide. Two 6" handles.

Only the Deep Red Handbag
is now Available.

Kenyan beaded bags with sisal and cotton - medium size.

Extreme poverty and lack of jobs often leaves women few options other begging or prostitution to make a living. With the income earned from making handbags, women can support themselves, improve the lives of their children and eventually make their way out of Kibera. One such artisan, Monica, has been making handbags for several years. From her earnings, she's managed to send three of her children to college.

Sisal Handbags / Totes with Cinnamon Seed Decorations
These woven sisal bags are practical and have tasteful decorations, which include cinnamon seeds. See below for a closeup of one of the decorations. Since each bag is individually crafted, there will be slight variations in bag sizing and design.

medium sisal handbags from Kenya, Africa.     large sisal handbag from Kenya, Africa.

Large Sisal Tote   $100.00
Snap closure, inner pocket with Velcro closure, about 13" high plus an 8" braided cotton handle.


closeup of decoration on Kenyan sisal bags.

Closeup of the sisal bag decorations,
which include cinnamon seeds.
Note that the natural color shown here
is not available.

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